Major repair works at RAF Waddington have been completed by a local company – just in time for the 100th anniversary year of the Royal Air Force in 2018.
The £1.4 million project was completed by Lincoln-based firm Minster Surfacing, which used green techniques to replace 8,000 square metres of concrete at the station’s tanker refuelling yard.
The job, which began in June, was the firm’s biggest ever single contract.
Using state of the art technology, more than 6,000 tonnes of the old surface was recycled instead of being sent to landfill, helping to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the work.
Director of Minster Surfacing Bruce Spencer-Knott says he was proud to do the work: “Not only have we saved the RAF money, we’ve also helped them cut their impact on the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of the work.”
Lincoln-based Alliance Recycling assisted Minster Surfacing with the works, helping the team to reuse the removed concrete and carry out the work in the most green way possible.
It’s estimated this saved the MOD £25 per tonne.
As a result of the MOD using a company local to Waddington, the firm has been able to take on more staff, raising the number of full-time contractors and subcontractors to 40.
Bruce Spencer-Knott added: “It’s not every day you get to work an RAF station. I remember coming here as a boy to see the aircraft flying overhead, so repairing such a big part of it for the 100th anniversary was a dream come true.”
RAF Waddington has been in operation since 1916, two years before the Royal Air Force itself was formed in 1918, and it remains one of the country’s busiest RAF stations.